Fashion darlings rank among Time's 100 Most Influential People
Fashion peeps Karl Lagerfeld, Carine Roitfeld and artist-slash-Louis Vuitton collaborator Takashi Murakami have been listed among other high-powered names such as the Dalai Lama, Steve Jobs and George Clooney in Time magazine's annual 100 Most Influential People in the World list for 2008.
Designer Lagerfeld is profiled by architect Zaha Hadid, who said: "Before Karl, we all looked to couture for inspiration and direction. Now, through his work, fashion originates from the street, the media-- anywhere. His unrelenting experimentation in fashion, art and photography offers us endless possibilities yet is always grounded and relevant."
Hedi Slimane praised French Vogue editor Roitfeld for her "immaculate taste" and "a preference for the 'now' rather than the 'new'".
"Most of all, she has an innate ability to mix street culture and society, always avoiding the caricatures that can define both worlds and always recognizing the mix of both worlds as the only catalyst of energy and creativity," Slimane writes.
Murakami, who collaborated with Louis Vuitton artistic director Marc Jacobs on the now famous multi-coloured monogram, was called "a cool skater kid, an eternal teenager" by Jacobs in his essay.
"Our collaboration has produced a lot of works and has been a huge influence and inspiration to many. It has been and continues to be a monumental marriage of art and commerce. The ultimate crossover--one for both the fashion and art history books."
Do you agree with their picks? Who do you think are the most influential fashion names?